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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 07-04-2009, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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thinking about getting an excursion as my tow/family vehicle.
Remember hearing that the 10cyl didnt have much power. Is this true, or should I just get a diesel?
Will be using it mostly for the occasional times daddy needs to haul the kids. Have an edge now for the wife, but I drive a taurus with 181,000 on it with some safety issues that i wont let my kids ride in.
I know the excursion mileage sucks, but have a work car for the daily stuff.
Tired of borrowing in laws F150 to pick up stuff also.
Just want room and towing option
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Or have been looking for around an 04 mustang GT to replace the daily driver

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Trouble with the diesel it will be a 6.0, if you find a 7.3 deal its wore smooth out.

V10 is ok I rekon, not as much power, not as burly, not as likely to leave you walkin though. Catch 22 nowadays.

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Thanks for the input.
Will stick with the gas then

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I've seen 03 excursions with ( they say a 7.3 turbo ) with 100K or less. thats no mileage for a diesel.
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I have a 2000 Excursion V10 4X4 I tow with. I think it does a good job. I got 12 mpg hauling my car from Columbus OH to the bash. Open trailer with car is probly around 5000 lbs. Cruises at 70 mph around 2200 rpm.
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12 mpg. thats not bad. i thought they got around 4 or 5.
12 sounds alot better.
will use it for towing and my times driving the kids.
we use our edge most of the time, but there are times that she has it and I want to take the kids somewhere.

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Dave, I used my friends '02 with the V10 to tow my car up to the Bash and we averaged about 12 mpg and that was at 70-75 mph. It pulled my open trailer and car over Monteagle like a piece of cake.

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My dad has a 2000 Limited with the 7.3 Powerstroke. It's got 339,000 miles on it and he's the second owner. It's in tip top shape too. It pulls just like the F250 he had except the rear springs are not as beefy. He got it for 8K from a local Ford dealer.

We hitched up to a 28' enclosed with a Mustang in it for a 10 hour haul recently and it damn near sunk the back end down. When hitched up to my F250 my truck sat level. You might need to put different springs, or bags on ti to help out. Other than that it 's great. Without a trailer on it the rear sits slightly higher than the front.

It's built on the Ext Cab chassis so turning radius is smaller as compared to that of a Crew Cab truck. Only thing my Dad regrets is that he cannot haul stuff in the back like you can with a pickup. I would opt for the diesel if I was you. Chipping it a little will give it much more power and mileage too.

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early V10's loved to blow the spark plugs out. there is a repair for them, and i'm sure some of them have been done but......one more thing to consider.

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I have an 05 Excursion limited with every option and it is a diesel. I have a cold air intake, stage 2 chip and a full exhaust, 4" pro-comp lift with 355x50x20 tires on 10"wide rims. I have 80,000 miles on it and the only thing I have ever had to have fixed was the EGR and EGr cooler, and that was under warranty. even with the big tires I get 13.5 mpg on the city, this thing is great for hauling the family and for taking trips on.




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I'd get one of these before I'd get an excursion...
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My experience was with an '04 excurion 6.0. Up to about 120k this thing worked mostly flawless, after that though, it was getting towed as much as the trailers we put behind the dodges... HP oil pump, oil cooler, EGR valve, EGR cooler, injectors, head gaskets... BTW, this thing didn't tow nearly as good as the dodges. AFTER it had heavy front springs installed and larger tires with smaller sidewalls put on it towed half decent. And by didn't tow very well, I simply mean it was squirrely and at times I was happy it had leather seats... easy to clean...

The dodges had small issues. Things that popped up and needed repairing but after they were fixed, didn't have any more major issues. Did have to rebuild a 5.9 at about 220k. It had two broken rings on the #1 cylinder. Don't know what broke 'em and I don't know why, but it still would outpull any of the other rigs the boss had, and that included the Excursion 6.0. Everything stock. Would have kept driving it but the blowby popped the rear main seal out against the flexplate. Only problem areas I've seen with the dodges is that since there's no hubs, the stub shaft u'joints will dry up and go out. The wheel bearings typically go out around 200-250k miles and the front driveline's a biotch to grease the cv ball while it's installed on the truck. AND they recommend you grease it at every oil change. They will dry out if you don't...

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nice looking excur LX.
I figure most of my hauling is the occasional 2x4 or last week had to buy a generator. All that will fit in an excursion. Always use father in laws f150 and it has a topper anyway. Thought about an king cab for the kids. I have a 6 and 1 year old.
Just need something I can put kids in a feel safe. the old 181 thou 97 taurus just doesnt do it for me.
Other choice is just buy a mustang and still use his truck.
He says use it whenever and not to worry about my own.
But i like to have my own if ya know what I mean
Moparman, I had thought about a dodge also since they are going so cheap

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I have hauled 4x8 plywood in the back of mine

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I have a 2003 Excursion Limited 4x4 with the 7.3. Bought the 2003 b/c it's the last year of the 7.3. It has 95k on it, gets close to 20 mpg on the interstate, and about 17 city/highway. It's pretty much stock, but the Michelins are a tad larger than the factory tires and I do have the Bullydawg controller (set on tow/mpg).

I pulled out the third seat and put a thick liner in the back. I haul just about anything back there, including engines and trannies. Not as easy to unload as a pickup, but it works quite well for me.

It tows very nicely. I have a car trailer, have made several cross country trips hauling cars and parts, and have never had any issues. I get 18 mpg towing on the interstate.

It hasn't been trouble free, but nothing too expensive yet.

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auto trader has alot of gas versions.
There is a local dealer that has an 03 4x4 limited with 92 thou for 12,900. V10
NADA says it is worth 10
Hate to buy a vehicle with 90 on it, but if i could get another 100, it might be worth it.
Have to see if dealer will come down to real prices

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